In an increasingly complex and dynamic world, the challenge of an educator is in providing the skills necessary for a student to be successful in a world that changes as rapidly as their Facebook status. As the sources from which students find information become more myriad and diverse the focus on literacy in all its forms is vitally essential for educators to teach. We are replacing the textbook with e-readers, libraries with databases, and physical classrooms with on-line learning connecting to other students across the globe. Teacher must recognize and adapt to the technological advances present in today’s schools.
All students should be learning and reviewing the tools for evaluation and organization of Internet Resources through using the web portal at LiveBinders (http://www.livebinders.com/edit/index/474803?backurl=%2Fshelf%2Fmy). Media literacy is important to be discussing in school since Web 2.0 media is much of what our youth spends their time on. If they don’t learn how to use media at school, they are learning it by trial and error. In Kindergarten through 2nd Grade, I will introduce them to the concepts of website evaluation. We will do group activities to determine what websites are credible and which ones are not. By 3rd through 5th grade, students will need to evaluate and organize information themselves. As a library media specialist, I will introduce these concepts to them and work with the classroom teachers to make sure they also use these concepts while teaching on the Internet. As a library media specialist, I will also collaborate with the classroom teachers during assignments that will use the Internet as a research tool. Students cannot learn medial literacy as a separate unit. They must be using in their classroom.
Colorado Standard Seven: Knowledge of Technology: The teacher is skilled in technology and is knowledgeable about using technology to support instruction and enhance student learning. The teacher has demonstrated the ability to:
7.1 Apply technology to the delivery of standards-based instruction.
7.2 Use technology to increase student achievement.
7.3 Utilize technology to manage and communicate information.
7.4 Apply technology to data-driven assessments of learning.
7.5 Instruct students in basic technology skills.
ISTE: Number 3 Research and Information Fluency: Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information. Students:
- plan strategies to guide inquiry.
- locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media.
- evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks.
- process data and report results.
ISTE Number 4. Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making: Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources. Students:
- identify and define authentic problems and significant questions for investigation.
- plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project.
- collect and analyze data to identify solutions and/or make informed decisions.
- use multiple processes and diverse perspectives to explore alternative solutions.
All students should have plenty of practice evaluating websites so that they understand what is a good site and what is a bad site. Medial literacy skills are important for students, parents and teachers alike to learn because media is everywhere. Although in schools and at homes we may be able to filter what our children can have access to, media is everywhere and all students must learn how to evaluate websites. The Google Form will be used consistently throughout the school year to remind students on which questions should be asked in determining whether a website should be used. The form will have the questions such as: who wrote it, when did they write it, how is it organized, and have you seen similar information on other sites. The Google Form will be used in a whole-class setting to model it and the students will need to use it on individual assignments.
The website LiveBinders will be used as a web portal. Having a web portal for students to use will demonstrate and model for students how to organize their own websites. LiveBinders will be the home page for the Media Center to be used to remind students how to correctly evaluate and organize websites. Since it is a website, students can use this website at home with parents. During Open House, parents will be introduced to the website so that they can emphasize it’s use at home. In the web portal the students and parents will have access to the website evaluation form that was created in Google Forms. Classroom teachers will also be trained on the LiveBinders Web Portal and will be able to use the site during their class projects.
Resources and Tools:
Develop a list of resources and online Internet tools (from the course and from your own Internet searches and professional practice) that you will use in order to achieve the goals and statements listed in your curriculum guide, along with a short description of each resource. You should also include a rationale for why you chose the resources and tools. Provide links to all tools and Web resources.
- LiveBinders– social media websites to find educational information on.
- Diigo – social bookmarking site to find educational information.
- How to Take Care of Books Video
- Twurdy– a search engine that rates the readability rates of the websites
- Boolify– a search engine that teaches students how to use Boolean logic
- KidRex– a search engine made for kids by kids
- Yahooligans– Yahoo’s search engine for kids
- Fact Hound– kids website for finding facts
- Google Form for Evaluating Websites
- Wikipedia– online encyclopedia, a good place to start, but must be checked
- Copyright Kids– explains copyright to kids
- Easy Bib– a way to cite your sites
- Creative Commons– a way to find photos and resources to use and share
- The C Team Parent Resources– resources for parents regarding copyright
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